The Square

Showed at Images 11/17/2017–11/21/2017

Starring: Christopher Læssø, Claes Bang, Daniel Hallberg, Dominic West, Elijandro Edouard, Elisabeth Moss, Linda Anborg, Marina Schiptjenko, Martin Sööder, Sofie Hamilton, Terry Notary

There will be post-film discussion of The Square following the Friday, November 17, 8:15pm show, with Allie Foradas, Assistant Curator at MASS MoCA; Sam Waterbury, Manager of Individual Giving at MASS MoCA; Nina Pelaez, Assistant Curator of Public Programs at WCMA; and Lucas Matheson, Williams College Art History Graduate student.

Three years ago director Ruben Östlund made waves with Force Majeure and he continues his incisive examination of masculinity and society in The Square, winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes Film Festival this year.

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, and a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

  • Director: Ruben Östlund
  • Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“Östlund clips precisely through the barbed-wire barrier fences of culture, sophistication and socialization that refined middle-class modern humans erect between our public selves and our private, animal natures.”

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